“Meditation is the tongue of the soul, and the language of our Universe.” Jeremy Taylor
Today in Meditation for Beginners, I’d like to talk about the basic steps of meditation. In essence meditation is a general term that has many different applications. It’s an activity where the participant quiets the mind and embraces the power and mystery of the universe in an attempt to reach a higher state of enlightenment.
Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Jainism, and Taoism are just a few of the religions that practice meditation, but non-religious applications are practiced worldwide as well.
Let’s take a look at the aspects of meditation that are accepted by all traditions.
Meditation for Beginners
Step One: It’s likely your environment is at constant risk of being disrupted by distractions. Turn off the television, shut down your phone, and try to do what you can to reduce jarring noises. If you’re in a shared space with people who will likely disrupt your meditation be sure to talk to them ahead of time.
Alternately, you can find a place outside of your home to practice meditation. Parks commonly have the perfect place to find inner peace. Some Universities and Community Centers have places specifically set up for the purpose of meditation. You’d be surprised how common but hidden good peaceful places are. Just be sure to plan ahead and know the location you’re going in to. Comfort is key when finding a location. Once you’ve found your spot, sit in a comfortable position (close your eyes if you wish) and begin step two.
Step Two: Control your breathing. You’ve probably heard it before, but breathing is one of the absolute most important aspects of meditation. Breathe in slowly and rhythmically letting air fill your lungs. Feel the life essence of the universe drawn into your body as you bring it in. And as you exhale, understand that each exhalation is an opportunity to feel the joys of inhaling more life. Goal oriented people may find it more difficult to meditate at first, and that will manifest in quicker breathing. Understand there is no rush, and that the very activity you are performing is the goal in itself. After understanding this your deep slow rhythmic breathing will fill you with a sense of life and joy.
Step Three: This step is the next level of meditation. Detach yourself from your mind, by observation of your own thoughts. Do not judge your thoughts or try to change them. Just observe. As you observe your thoughts you gain insight into who you really are. You cease to be the mind observing the mind. Your conscious elevates out of the subconscious so you can see what is really going on behind it all. This step is one of the most difficult for some people, who must always be in control of what they’re thinking.
Step Four: After observing the mind and becoming detached, you may find some form of inner peace and understand that you are immovable like a young tree in the wind. Though larger trees will be snapped over by great gusts of a tornado or a hurricane, the sapling bends and remains rooted to the ground unmoving. In this way you too you will feel unmoving and solid. Around this sensation you will feel serenity and peace.
These basic steps should take you far on your journey. Additionally, we have several helpful entrainment programs that can take you through the meditation process.
Our meditation entrainment therapy actually focuses your brain waves in a way that makes meditation both easier and more rewarding.
These are powerful basic steps that will lead you on the path to serenity and oneness with the whole universe. Next time we’ll take a look at a few steps toward deeper meditation, and look at some of the more ritual aspects such as the classic and sacred “Ohm” sound.
Thank you for taking the time to read our presentation on Meditation. We’re looking forward to tackling the next subject and bringing you closer to inner peace.